Fear Street Part One: 1994

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Violence, gore, sex, and language in so-so '90s homage.

R 2021 107 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 61 reviews

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age 18+


I was initially excited for this trilogy but I could make it throug the 1st part. Not only are the characters boring but it's extremely vulgar and violent. There's a difference between being scary and being gratuitously gory. There's also sexual content that's very unnecessary. I do not recommend this series and I would not let my kids or teens watch it.

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age 16+

Disappointing, raunchy opening to the Fear Street trilogy

As a parent who read R.L. Stine’s Fear Street as a teenager, I can honestly say this is the most disappointing of all the R.L. Stine horror adaptations — and that’s saying a lot. Netflix’s attempt to cater to their Stranger Things audience would’ve been better served with not only adding Stranger Things actors (Maya Hawke, who plays Robin, and Sadie Sink, and who plays Max from Stranger Things), but leaving this material in the hands of the executive producers as well. The Duffer Brothers could have crafted this story into a much better horror trilogy than the EPs, writers and director who turned this adaptation into a pathetic bloodbath with excessive profanity and sex. The dialogue is lame, the story flow is choppy, and there’s no intriguing character development or backstory — which is key in the YA novel, as well as in the show, Stranger Things. This movie has gratuitous sex, masturbation, lots of profanity and gore, a sub-par plot and a script unworthy of R.L. Stine’s name. Things to watch out for, should you choose to watch it anyway — homophobic slurs in the beginning of the story, lots of pill-popping, suicide, bullying, sex, profanity and a truly disturbing head-slicing scene of a main character with a bread slicer in the grocery store at the climax. Skip this and read the book instead.

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